It seems that there is a silver green lining to the noxious ExxonMobil spill that leaked millions of gallons of oil and petroleum products into the Greenpoint area over the course of several decades. According to Curbed NY, a portion of the $19.5 million restitution funds from the disaster will be used to turn a vacant lot on Quay Street along the Bushwick Inlet into a resilient waterfront park that pays homage to the USS Monitor, an iron-hulled steamship manufactured in Greenpoint during the Civil War.

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The sprawling waterfront park would convert the currently decrepit area into the USS Monitor Park, and lead visitors towards a new cultural and educational destination called the Greenpoint Monitor Museum.

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If all goes as planned, the proposal, which was already awarded $599,200, would start by completely renovating the desolate area. Eco-infrastructure specialist, AECOM has agreed to design and create the project’s resilient infrastructure, which would include using berms, terraced bluffs, living shorelines and a public boardwalk to protect the waterfront from flooding.


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Via Curbed NY

Images via Curbed NY from Greenpoint Monitor Museum